FUTURE OF TROOPS
"TO FIGHT OR TO PRODUCE?"
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An Opposition Member: They decided- long ago. Mr. Broadfoot suggested that an announcement would be made before the Dunedin North by-election. The people wanted to know. "The Government must make a decision and not run away from it," he added. "They have run away from it week after week."
Mr. Broadfoot recalled the recent speech by Admiral Calhoun, of the United States Navy. The Admiral had said the most important contribution to help in the Pacific war was to assist in supplying food for the thousands of American troops being transferred to the Pacific. He surely was the man to know the exact position. The issue was clearcut. It was a pity New Zealand could not concentrate on production. It was the most vital contribution the country could make to the war effort. There never had been a proper balance between production and military forces. Men of 70 to 75 years of age were carrying on on farms to produce food, and women and children were also engaged so that production could be continued. Mr. Broadfoot mentioned that dairy production had been increased by 50 per cent in World War L, and the production of meat had been doubled. During the present war dairy production was down and the country was just about holding its own in meat production.
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DECISION DODGED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
DECISION DODGED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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